120 episodes

A podcast for artists, aspiring creatives, and art lovers.

Two artists share their thoughts on art, life and everything in between. Join Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher for honest, generous, and humorous conversations that will feed your creative soul AND get you thinking.

Art Juice: A podcast for artists, creatives and art lovers Louise Fletcher/Alice Sheridan

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    • 4.8 • 284 Ratings

A podcast for artists, aspiring creatives, and art lovers.

Two artists share their thoughts on art, life and everything in between. Join Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher for honest, generous, and humorous conversations that will feed your creative soul AND get you thinking.

    Managing Expectations [119]

    Managing Expectations [119]

    This week we're celebrating our one millionth podcast download, something neither of us imagined when we started. And it made us think about expectations ... where do they come from? What effect do they have? And how can we learn to manage them? During the course of the discussion, we unpick the difference between intentions and expectations and discuss whether Shakespeare had it right when he declared that "expectation is the root of all heartache.” 

    This episode starts with a rather long discussion about technical challenges, which is so on the money - because none of us expect that, when we decide to become an artist, we will spend large amounts of our time solving technology problems. But, it turns out to be a large part of the life of a working artist. As always, that gap (between what we expect and what is reality) can really catch us out. Perhaps the answer is to have no expectations, but neither of us can claim to have attained that level of enlightenment just yet. But maybe being aware of the trap, and catching ourselves when we fall into it, is all we need to do.

    Mentioned

    Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers https://www.amazon.co.uk/Small-Pleasures-Between-Covers-Book/dp/147461390X/

    Alice's Connected Artist Club is opening soon - sign up to be notified here: http://alicesheridan.com/artists/

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    • 1 hr
    Finding Inspiration for Your Art [118]

    Finding Inspiration for Your Art [118]

    We start today's discussion with a quote from artist Chuck Close, who said "inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work." This sounds a little confrontational, but the he continues with an explanation: "If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.” We both agree that this is the way it works for us - we paint and the ideas come. If we simply waited for an idea, we both think nothing would happen -the  bolt of lightening would never strike. But we wonder whether there are some people who really do have to wait for the spark of an idea? Who have to respond to external stimuli rather than stimuli that come from within. This leads us to contemplate how the pandemic has effected our inspiration, both in positive and negative ways. For many artists lockdown took away their source of inspiration but in many cases that resulted in new and creative ideas. Finally, we ask how you can find inspiration when it has gone, and offer some of our own solutions for getting past that stuck feeling.



    Mentioned:

    Louise course: https://www.louisefletcherart.com/

    Gary Peters' manifesto: https://garypeters.info/manifesto

    This Naked Mind: https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Naked-Mind-Annie-Grace/dp/0008293430

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    • 56 min
    Making eco-friendly art with Scott Denholm [117]

    Making eco-friendly art with Scott Denholm [117]

    Scott Denholm is a rapidly emerging and award winning ocean artist, living on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. It was his love of the natural world and previous work which first inspired his art, and also to find ways of making better choices for less impact on the environment. He has gathered a decade of research into The Artist Guide to Eco Friendly Art.

    We asked, and you had questions; lots of them! So listen to the conversation and see what changes you can bring to your practice. Which materials make a greener choice? Does it matter what canvas you choose? What else might you want to consider around packaging and marketing? The book has covered a lot of ground and is a thorough guide with links and suppliers and will save you loads of time. So if this is something you have been meaning to look into this is a great start. 

    While Alice starts by feeling a little guilty that she could be doing more, every decision can add to the impact (or not) we are making so Scott's advice is just to start with ONE thing... what will be yours?

    Mentioned

    Buy the book here: https://theartistguide.to/books/artist-guide-to-eco-friendly-art/   
    (ebook $7US or paperback or buy from Amazon)

    Find Scott's art on his website:  scottdenholm.com

    Find Scott on Instagram @scottdenholm_oceanart

    Andy Goldsworthy video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPDH8yCnlk0



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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Is Your Personality in Your Art? [116]

    Is Your Personality in Your Art? [116]

    What kind of person are you? What are your personality traits and what are your quirks? This might seem like an odd question for an art podcast, but we both believe that it's a vital one and in this episode, we get into why. For us, the ancient greek aphorism "know thyself" applies perfectly to art-making and may impact our style, our medium and our process. If you love detail and precision, you may prefer slow and deliberative forms of art. If you like to pre-plan, you may be suited to complex printmaking or ceramic techniques. And if you love surprise and lack of control, intuitive abstracts might suit you to a tee. Our choice of media can also be totally related to our personality preferences - want the element of surprise? Maybe inks or watercolours would appeal most. Love to work fast and furious? Quick-drying acrylics might be your forte. And finally, our process and workspace will work best for us if they are aligned with who we are.

    Our discussion takes a quick detour into enneagrams, whizzes past the Myers-Briggs test, touches on the role of age, and wends its way through various rather tortured analogies - all in an effort to spark thought and discussion about this most important of topics. Above all, we are asking: where you think your personality is already in your work - and where you think there is room to bring more of yourself into your art.


    Mentioned

    Shrine of Duty podcast https://open.spotify.com/show/53IJZX2FH4pLtrAZl9yR5m

    Obsessed with Line of Duty podcast https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0742833/episodes/downloads

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    • 53 min
    Are you Guilty of Crowd Pleasing? [115]

    Are you Guilty of Crowd Pleasing? [115]

    Probably! We all are to some extent... After all, it's not unusual to enjoy it when other people like our work. However there are times it can become a problem and block you from moving forward. 

    We discuss times when we have been guilty of making work with too much consideration for what other people may think of it and have some ideas about how to spot when this may be having a detrimental impact on your own work. It's a fine line sometimes between caring too much and thinking "f*ck it" with pure abandon, so perhaps it's about honing your own personal criteria. After all - YOU are the artist. 

    Hopefully this conversation will help if you are ready to release yourself from other people's ideas and get closer to your own vision. Louise shares where this has also shown up recently in her book project and Alice shares the thrill of seeing other people's wins in her Connected Artist Club membership - not surprisingly usually when people have taken that brave step to try something which feels adventurous and personal.

    Mentioned

    Alice's video on Youtube: Starting a New Series

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Abstracting the Landscape with Lewis Noble [114]

    Abstracting the Landscape with Lewis Noble [114]

    This week, Louise is joined by special guest Lewis Noble. Lewis is a UK-based contemporary landscape painter with a unique style and a well-established reputation. He exhibits widely and has been teaching workshops for over 15 years.  In this episode, we discuss his approach to abstracting from reality, a unique process that involves a combination of plein air painting and studio work. Our wide-ranging discussion covers issues such as getting away from the horizon line, the role of collage, and how to know when a painting is done. Lewis also shares his experience of turning in-person teaching into an online learning experience and the discoveries he has made along the way.

    Mentioned

    Lewis's website: https://www.lewisnoble.co.uk/

    Lewis's online workshop: https://www.lewisnoble.co.uk/online-workshops

    Lewis on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ojuGFqdy4DO8Tf7tsVBfA

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
284 Ratings

284 Ratings

hjeub ,

Glad the conversations inside my head aren’t worrisome

I live listening to you both because I think so many of these things in my own practice in both studio and art business.

kathylinstagram ,

My favorite podcast

I look forward to art juice every week. Listening to Alice and Louise makes me feel like I’m having a coffee date with two art friends. I really enjoyed their relaxed banter about all things art related. And sometimes they have guests- who have been fabulous!

LisaBreenArt ,

Art Juice podcast

Love this podcast! I too am binge listening. So far my fav is no. 100 w/ Seth Golden. No 118 will not disappoint. I feel like I found my people. So glad Alice and Louise share so much. I’m always inspired by their podcast. They each make content for Instagram, YouTube and newsletters. I have a healthy art practice and am just now starting to share my own art. I’m really excited about the future of art with so many people supporting art making for the purpose of personal joy and encouraging the action of sharing our personal processes it’s a rich I live. Thanks to you both.

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